Dai Young has named his side to travel to Dublin to take on Leinster Rugby, at the RDS this Sunday (kick off 13:00), in round one of the European Champions Cup.
Wasps’ co-captain Matt Mullan will skipper the side, while James Haskell misses out on the first European round due to a knee injury.
Sam Jones comes into the starting line-up at blindside flanker, alongside Nathan Hughes and George Smith.
The second row partnership again features England international Joe Launchbury and Wales international Bradley Davies, while in the front row, Jake Cooper-Woolley, returns to the starting line up at tight-head in place of Lorenzo Cittadini.
Wasps’ backline is unchanged from last Sunday’s win over Gloucester Rugby. All Blacks Charles Piutau and Frank Halai will make their European debuts on Sunday, while fly half Ruaridh Jackson and replacement scrum half Dan Robson, are set to make their European debuts for Wasps.
Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “You can tell how much excitement there is in the squad about Europe starting. This will be some of our new signings’ first taste of the European Cup and those of us who have been part of it over the years, know the special occasion that awaits them in Dublin.
“We have huge respect for Leinster Rugby. They are one of the most successful sides in European history and have performed consistently at the highest level for as many years as I can remember. But our squad won’t be daunted by the trip to the RDS, it’s one we are all really looking forward to. It was a really tight game over there last season and I thought our younger guys equipped themselves really well on their first performance in the European Champions Cup. Last season’s experience can only be beneficial.
“We have an exciting young team and we want to develop as quickly as we can, so the more big games we can play the better,” said Young. “We’ve brought in a little more experience this season and I’m sure those guys are looking forward to testing themselves against the best in Europe again as well.
“If we want to be successful and to be back among Europe’s best clubs, we have to play against the best. We’ve certainly got that in Leinster this weekend, Toulon in Coventry next weekend and then Bath. Win, lose or draw, we’ll be the better for it.”
Wasps Team to take on Leinster Rugby
15. Charles Piutau
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Ben Jacobs
11. Frank Halai
10. Ruaridh Jackson
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan ©
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Bradley Davies
6. Sam Jones
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Phil Swainston
19. James Gaskell
20. Guy Thompson
21. Dan Robson
22. Alex Lozowski
23. Sailosi Tagicakibau
Jimmy Gopperth will be free to play again on 24 November, following a three week RFU suspension.
Lorenzo Cittadini will be free to play on 16 November after a one week RFU suspension.